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Tooth and Blade by Julian Barr - Book Tour & Review



Tooth and Blade
Parts 1-3 of the legendary TOOTH AND BLADE series together for the first time!


Two worlds. One destiny.
Dóta has dwelled sixteen years among the trolls. She knows nothing but the darkness of her family’s cave. Her mother says humans are beasts who would slay them all. Yet the gods of Asgard whisper in the night: Dóta is a child of men, a monster unto monsters.
To discover her human side, Dóta must take up her bone knife and step into the light above. Secrets await her in the human realm—beauty, terror, the love of a princess.
Soon Dóta must choose between her clan and humankind, or both worlds will be devoured in fire and war.
A monster sheds no tears.
Norse mythology meets historical fantasy in TOOTH AND BLADE. Step into a realm of haunted meres, iron and magic.


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 My Review
Tooth and Blade is a collection of three novellas that all fit together and tell a continuous story about a girl named Dóta who discovers the truth about her existence when she leaves the cave she was raised in and enters the world of humans. She's lived her entire life with trolls, and she believes humans are beastly murderers. But when she meets a few of them, she learns not everything should be believed. Add in the Asgardian gods (mainly Freya), and you've got an intriguing culmination of fantasy, mythology, and history.
I found the story overall to be fascinating. It held my interest, and even though I wanted to dislike Modor, I actually just felt bad for her. In all honesty, I think Freya might actually be worse than Modor.
Dóta was frustrating at times, but it was understandable, as she was still learning things and realizing just how much of her life wasn't what she thought it was. I also had a love/hate relationship with both Anksgar and a few other characters. And Grethor I just hated outright.
Tooth and Blade is a fast-paced, intriguing story that combines magic, myth, and adventure all into one. I'd recommend it to fans of the fantasy genre and the mythology genre.
4 stars!


Author Bio – Julian Barr first fell in love with all things ancient and magical in childhood, when he staged his own version of I, Claudius using sock puppets. After his PhD in Classics, he did a brief stint as a schoolteacher, hated being called 'sir,' and dived into storytelling. Although he remains open to the possibilities of sock puppet theatre, historical fantasy is his passion. He has published scholarly research on Roman medicine and the gastronomic habits of Centaurs, but prefers to think of himself as an itinerant bard. He is also the author of the Ashes of Olympus trilogy.


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